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American Resources Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results and Provides Business Outlook

Thursday, 11 March 2021 04:15 PM

American Resources Corporation


Well-positioned to be a long-term supplier of raw material and critical elements to the modern-day infrastructure market

Near-term catalysts expected to drive significant growth and value

Balance sheet improvements provides financial strength and flexibility to execute on its innovation and growth plans

Company to host update conference call on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 8:30 AM ET

FISHERS, IN / ACCESSWIRE / March 11, 2021 / American Resources Corporation (NASDAQ:AREC) ("American Resources" or the "Company"), a next generation and socially responsible supplier of raw materials to the new infrastructure and electrification marketplace, today reported its fourth quarter of 2020 and full year ended December 31, 2020 financial results.

Mark Jensen, Chairman and CEO of American Resources Corporation commented, "2020 marked the most transformational year to date for American Resources as we demonstrated our ability to be innovators and, what we believe to be, first movers in our industry in order to catalyze our asset base. Our broad and dynamic platform is positioned for near term inflection points and the beginning of a new era to where we are positioned to provide the infrastructure and electrification marketplaces the resources needed to advance to a greener economy. Furthermore, the game changing technology we have acquired enables us capture, process and purify critical and rare earth elements in the most environmentally safe methods while using feedstocks that do not require traditional mining-based extraction while cleaning up environmental issues."

2020 Key Highlights

  • Announced the launch of the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, American Rare Earth LLC ("ARE"), which is utilizing over 15 patents and technologies developed at 5 leading universities to capture, process and purify critical and REE's from coal waste, coal byproducts, waste permanent magnets and waste lithium-ion batteries. Additionally, the Company appointed Dr. Gerardine Botte, the Whitacre Department Chair in Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University to its Board of Directors as an independent director to help guide and assist the Company and ARE to meet the needs of the green infrastructure market.
  • Raised $13 million in October 2020 through issuing 5.2 million Class A common shares to secure additional cash liquidity to execute its innovation and growth initiatives.
  • Further advanced the Company's ESG efforts through various initiatives that have redefined the legacy mining industry including: the launch of American Metals that has worked in conjunction with the Company's environmental efforts to shut down and cleanup irrational thermal coal mining sites and decommissioned railcars to be processed and recycled; received a prestigious Sentinels of Safety Award from the National Mining Association in recognition of its outstanding safety performance while also establishing the foundation for over 300 sustainable jobs within its operating region; and innovated its rare earth division to benefit the environment creating a process chain to minimize mining-based extraction, reduce, reuse and recycle waste material for their REE chemical composition; bring economic diversification to a distress region of the nation and help restore the REE supply chain of the United States.
  • Improved the Company's balance sheet and capital structure through the payoff and / or conversion into equity of approximately $8.9 million of outstanding debt as of the end of 2020 and have subsequently paid off and / or converted into equity approximately an additional $10.01 million of debt throughout the first two months of 2021. Additionally, the Company realized the exercise of approximately 2.1 million outstanding cash warrants during the fourth quarter of 2020 and a subsequent exercise of approximately 1.4 million cash warrants during the first two months of 2021.

"Looking forward to the remainder of 2021 and beyond, we have never been more excited about the opportunities that lie ahead of us throughout all of our operating divisions. First and foremost, we see a tremendous opportunity for American Rare Earth to innovate and redefine how REEs can be supplied to the electrification, green infrastructure, technology and defense industries from domestic sources in an environmentally positive way. American Carbon, with one of the largest metallurgical carbon growth platforms in the industry, is set to scale its operation throughout this year and beyond to supply the steel and alloy metals industry with the necessary resources to support worldwide infrastructure demand. We remain comfortable with our previously stated guidance of $55 million to $75 million in revenues for 2021 as a whole," continued Mr. Jensen. "An additional value-driving milestone was the Company's sponsorship of American Acquisition Opportunity Inc., a specialty purpose acquisition company, will enable American Resources and its shareholders to benefit from the merger, innovation, synergies, and opportunities presented through this entity and allows for a broader scope of acquisition targets that may not directly fit within American Resources. Lastly, the improvements to our balance sheet and capital structure provide us with the financial strength and flexibility to execute on our exciting strategic growth plans, and we are confident that collectively we have the assets, technology processes, structure and team in place to execute."

Conference Call Information

American Resources management will host a conference call for investors, analysts and other interested parties on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 8:30 AM ET.

To participate in the call, please dial (877) 407-4019 and reference the American Resources Conference Call, or click here for the "Call Me" option.

Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Year-End December 31, 2020

For the full year of 2020, American Resources reported a net income loss of $10.26 million or a loss of $0.35 per share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, as compared with a net income loss $70.9 million or loss of $2.94 per share for the full year of 2019. The Company earned adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, accretion on asset retirement obligations, non-operating expenses, non-cash impairment and development costs (‘adjusted EBITDA") of $2.77 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, as compared with an adjusted EBITDA loss of $6.61 million in 2019.

For the fourth quarter of 2020, American Resources reported a net income loss of $9.1 million, or a loss of $0.25 per share, as compared with a net income loss of $40.0 million, or a loss of $1.66 per share, in the prior year period. The Company earned an adjusted EBITDA loss of $2.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, as compared with an adjusted EBITDA loss of $3.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Summary

Total revenues were $13,875 for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to revenues of $6.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2019. General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2020 were $826,890 compared to $1.3 million in the prior year period. American Resources incurred interest expense of $1.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to $1.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2019. Development costs during the quarter were $2.8 million, compared to $792,926 in the third quarter of 2020.

Full Year 2020 Summary

Full year 2020 revenues were $1,059,691 compared to full year 2019 revenues of $24.4 million. As previously stated the Company's mining operations were idled for the year due to the disruptions related to global COVID-19 pandemic. The Company refocused its effort over the course of 2020 to reposition its asset base to broaden its scope with the launch of American Metals and American Rare Earth, while positioning American Carbon to better benefit as global markets are now rebounding and normalizing.

The Company did not incur any income tax expense in 2020 as it was able to utilize its available net operating losses ("NOL") carried forward from prior periods of approximately $17.8 million as of December 31, 2020.


  Years ended December 31,  
  2020     2019  
Coal Sales
  524,334     24,456,831  
Processing Services Income
    -       20,876  
Metal Recovery and Sales
    535,357       -  
Total Revenue
    1,059,691       24,477,707  
Cost of Coal Sales and Processing
    (3,749,519 )     (26,086,814 )
Accretion Expense
    (1,287,496 )     (1,482,349 )
Gain on purchase and disposal of asset, respectively
    -       394,484  
    (2,298,703 )     (4,588,136 )
Amortization of mining rights
    (1,251,357 )     (1,657,673 )
General and Administrative
    (2,486,799 )     (5,113,688 )
Professional Fees
    (1,076,548 )     (6,750,848 )
Production Taxes and Royalties
    (1,357,749 )     (4,222,175 )
Impairment of Fixed Assets
    -       (27,688,030 )
Development Costs
    (3,998,885 )     (7,236,652 )
Total Expenses from Operations
    (17,507,056 )     (84,431,881 )
Net Loss from Operations
    (16,447,365 )     (59,954,174 )
Other Income
    20,538       2,072,861  
(Loss)/Gain on settlement of note payable and accounts payable
    -       (22,660 )
Gain on Interest Forgiven
Gain on Depreciation Recapture
Gain on Sale of Stock
Amortization of debt discount and debt issuance costs
    (11,516 )     (7,725,076 )
Interest Income
    205,857       164,686  
Warrant modification expense
    -       (2,545,360 )
Interest expense
    (3,383,294 )     (2,908,579 )
Net Loss
    (10,255,762 )     (70,918,302 )
Less: Net income attributable to Non Controlling Interest
    -       -  
Net loss attributable to American Resources Corporation Shareholders
  (10,255,762 )   (70,918,302 )
Net loss per share - basic and diluted
  (.35 )   (2.94 )
Weighted average shares outstanding
    29,359,993       24,094,420  


  December 31,  
  2020     2019  
  10,617,495     3,324  
Accounts Receivable
    38,650       2,424,905  
    150,504       515,630  
    175,000       -  
Accounts Receivable - Other
    234,240       234,240  
Total Current Assets
    11,215,889       3,178,099  
Cash - restricted
    583,708       265,487  
Processing and rail facility
    11,591,273       12,723,163  
Underground equipment
    6,838,417       8,294,188  
Surface equipment
    2,527,576       3,224,896  
Mine development
    561,575       669,860  
Coal Refuse Storage
    12,134,192       12,171,271  
Less Accumulated Depreciation
    (12,726,809 )     (11,162,622 )
    1,572,435       1,748,169  
Note Receivable
    4,117,139       4,117,139  
Total Other Assets
    27,199,506       32,051,551  
  38,415,395     35,229,650  
Accounts payable
  4,288,794     11,044,479  
Non-Trade Payables
    3,850,781       -  
Accounts payable - related party
    679,146       718,156  
Accrued interest
    1,043,519       2,869,763  
Funds held for others
    -       -  
Due to affiliate
    74,000       132,639  
Current portion of notes payables (net of unamortized discount of $0 and $134,296)
    10,997,692       20,494,589  
Convertible note payables
    -       7,419,612  
Current portion of reclamation liability
    2,327,169       2,327,169  
Total Current Liabilities
    23,261,101       45,006,407  
Long-term portion of note payable (net of issuance costs $405,667 and $428,699)
    5,330,752       5,415,271  
Long-term portion of convertible note payable (net of unamortized discount of $0 and $0)
    14,300,907       -  
Reclamation liability
    15,528,135       17,512,613  
Total Other Liabilities
    35,159,794       22,927,884  
Total Liabilities
    58,420,895       67,934,291  
AREC - Class A Common stock: $.0001 par value; 230,000,000 shares
authorized, 40,522,762 and 27,410,512 shares issued and outstanding for the period end
    4,256       2,740  
AREC - Series A Preferred stock: $.0001 par value; 100,000 shares authorized, nil and nil shares issued and outstanding
    -       -  
AREC - Series B Preferred stock: $.001 par value; 20,000,000 shares authorized, nil and nil shares issued and outstanding, respectively
    -       -  
AREC - Series C Preferred stock: $.001 par value; 20,000,000 shares authorized, nil and nil shares issued and outstanding
    -       -  
Additional paid-in capital
    113,279,448       90,326,104  
Accumulated deficit
    (133,289,247 )     (123,033,485 )
Total Stockholders' Deficit
    (20,005,500 )     (32,704,641 )
  38,415,395     35,229,650  


  2020     2019  
Cash Flows from Operating activities:
Net loss
  (10,255,762 )   (70,918,302 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash
    1,855,236       4,588,136  
Amortization of mining rights
    939,672       1,657,673  
Accretion expense
    1,287,496       1,482,349  
Liabilities reduced due to sale of assets
    (3,271,974 )     -  
Forgiveness of debt
    -       -  
Gain on purchase of assets
    -       (394,484 )
Impairment loss
Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs
    -       7,725,076  
Recovery of advances receivable
            (177,686 )
Warrant expense
    -       2,524,500  
Warrant modification expense
    -       2,545,360  
Issuance of common shares for services
    18,800       1,906,253  
Issuance of warrants in conjunction with convertible notes
    1,223,700       -  
Loss on settlement of accounts payable with common shares
    642,060       22,660  
Return of common shares for property sale
    (1,840,200 )     -  
Stock compensation expense
    230,050       377,255  
Change in current assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable
    2,386,255       (1,000,917 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets
    (175,000 )     147,826  
    365,126       (351,830 )
Accounts payable
    (4,301,976       1,164,080  
Account payable related party
    (97,649 )     243,502  
Funds held for others
            (79,662 )
Accrued interest
    (1,826,244 )     1,643,075  
Cash used in operating activities
    (13,847,255 )     (19,207,106 )
Cash Flows from Investing activities:
Advances made in connection with management agreement
    -       -  
Advance repayment in connection with management agreement
    -       -  
Cash received (paid) for PPE, net
    417,857       (327,250 )
Cash received from acquisitions
    -       650,000  
Cash provided by investing activities
    417,857       322,750  
Cash Flows from Financing activities:
Principal payments on long term debt
    (1,103,191 )     (2,059,484 )
Proceeds from long term debt (net of issuance costs $0 and $0)
    28,000       8,660,527  
Proceeds from convertible debt
    14,411,949       599,980  
Proceeds from related party
            (9,861 )
Net (payments) proceeds from factoring agreement
    (1,807,443 )     1,489,508  
Sale of common stock for cash
    12,832,475       7,767,698  
Proceeds series C preferred stock
    -       -  
Cash provided by financing activities
    24,361,790       16,448,368  
Increase (decrease) in cash
    10,932,392       (2,435,988 )
Cash, beginning of year
    268,811       2,704,799  
Cash, end of year
  11,201,203     268,811  
Supplemental Information
Assumption of net assets and liabilities for asset acquisitions
  -     6,623,999  
Shares issues in asset acquisition
  -     24,400,000  
Discount on note due to beneficial conversion feature
  -     7,362,925  
Conversion of note payable to common stock
  -     231,661  
Issuance of shares as part of note payable consideration
  -     297,831  
Conversion of Preferred Series A Shares to common shares
  -     161  
Conversion of Preferred Series C Shares to common shares
  -     1  
Return of shares related to employee settlement
  -     11  
Warrant exercise for common shares
  -     60  
Cash paid for interest
  327,239     557,663  
Cash paid for income tax
  -     -  

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Amounts Reported Under U.S. GAAP

  For the three months ended Dec. 31, 2020     For the twelve months ended Dec. 31, 2020     For the three months ended Dec. 31, 2019     For the twelve months ended Dec. 31, 2019  
Net Income
    (9,097,560 )     (10,255,762 )     (40,047,544 )     (70,918,302 )
Interest & Other Expenses
    2,908,579       3,383,294       1,233,926       2,908,579  
Income Tax Expense
    -       -       -       -  
Accretion Expense
    305,636       1,287,496       519,650       1,482,349  
    443,467       2,298,703       1,551,389       4,588,136  
Amortization of Mining Rights
    311,685       1,251,357       65,563       1,657,673  
Amortization of Debt Discount & Issuance
    2,879       11,516       670,601       7,725,076  
Non-Cash Stock & Option Comp. Expense
    115,026       345,076       131,869       2,283,478  
Non-Cash Warrant Expense
    -       -       -       5,069,860  
Development Costs
    2,770,552       3,998,885       1,324,063       7,236,652  
Non-Cash Impairment
    -       -       27,688,030       27,688,030  
PCR Restructuring Expenses
    225,269       452,743       3,669,164       3,669,164  
Total Adjustments
    7,083,093       13,029,070       36,854,255       64,308,997  
Adjusted EBITDA
    (2,014,467 )     2,773,308       (3,193,289 )     (6,609,305 )

(1) Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before net interest expense, income tax expense, accretion expense, depreciation, non-cash stock compensation expense, transaction and other professional fees, and development costs. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance in accordance with GAAP, and we believe items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant to a reader in understanding and assessing our financial condition. Therefore, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation, nor as an alternative to net income, income from operations, cash flow from operations or as a measure of our profitability, liquidity, or performance under GAAP. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA presents a useful measure of our ability to incur and service debt based on ongoing operations. Furthermore, similar measures are used by analysts to evaluate our operating performance. Investors should be aware that our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by others.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release contains the use of certain U.S. non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures are provided as supplemental information for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide additional insight into the performance of the Company, and reflect how management analyzes Company performance and compares that performance against other companies. These non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures used by other entities.

About American Resources Corporation

American Resources Corporation is a next-generation, environmentally and socially responsible supplier of high-quality raw materials to the new infrastructure market. The Company is focused on the extraction and processing of metallurgical carbon, an essential ingredient used in steelmaking, critical and rare earth minerals for the electrification market, and reprocessed metal to be recycled. American Resources has a growing portfolio of operations located in the Central Appalachian basin of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia where premium quality metallurgical carbon and rare earth mineral deposits are concentrated.

American Resources has established a nimble, low-cost business model centered on growth, which provides a significant opportunity to scale its portfolio of assets to meet the growing global infrastructure and electrification markets while also continuing to acquire operations and significantly reduce their legacy industry risks. Its streamlined and efficient operations are able to maximize margins while reducing costs. For more information visit or connect with the Company on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other important factors that could cause the Company's actual results, performance, or achievements or industry results to differ materially from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond American Resources Corporation's control. The words "believes", "may", "will", "should", "would", "could", "continue", "seeks", "anticipates", "plans", "expects", "intends", "estimates", or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. Any forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. The Company cannot assure you that the projected results or events will be achieved.

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Investor Contact:
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317-855-9926 ext. 0
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SOURCE: American Resources Corporation

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